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missiles from europe. former reagan administration officials talk about the negotiations that led to the intermediate nuclear forces treaty. at this event hosted by the american foreign service association, it's an hour 20 minutes. >> okay. i think we're ready to go. i would invite everyone to take their seats. i'd like to wish all a very good morning. i'm susan johnson, the president of afsa, and i'd like to extend a very warm afsa welcome to you all, and thank you for coming to this important and special panel discussion, and also celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing the inf treaty. special thanks of course go to our panelists and our moderator, and i should not talk, ridgway and burt, for sharing their experiences and reflections surrounding the conflict negotiations that led to this treaty which was a significant factor in reducing danger of the cold war. i'm sure you know all of these three eminent folks, but i would just like to say a quick word. ambassador rozanne ridgway was assistant secretary of state for europe and candidate from 1985-89. in her 32 year fo
. ultimately this means that europe and the united states have less leverage in the region. this allows other countries in the region to compete or political, economic and military influence in the region. i'm looking for to hearing eyewitnesses discuss this issue today. really want to hear what you have to say. i believe that armenia, azerbaijan and georgia, trustworthy allies of the united states better realize full well that their bilateral relationships are complicated and that they have to take their immediate neighborhood into account also. with only two open borders and one of them being with iran, armenia faces the constant threat of isolation. this is a for driver in managing armenia's relationship with iran. azerbaijan has a sizable diaspora in northern iran, by vastly different strategic social and political orientation than iran's leaders. despite a potential religious incident between iran and trenton, iran has a stroke decided with armenia over the contested region. furthermore, azerbaijan and joys the solid relationship with israel. which further distances terrain from one anot
or steroids is questionable. they have been looked at but from eastern europe you can't get those, they are readily available. >> without a doctor's prescription. >> without a doctor's prescription. >> mr. gimbel. >> the other issue is many athletes, pro, college, are going to health food store its and buying tons of muscles supplements which are not regulated. the fda does not regulate that industry, the survey that has been done randomly over the years, many of these products have had a g h and anabolic steroids in them. the fact is products are working and they are working so well, many professionals think something is not right. it needs to be regulated so we have a whole industry from energy drinks up to what you buy in these wars or on the internet that is not regulated and it is a real russian roulette when it comes to what these kids are buying which are probably getting more from the internet and these stores than they are from their doctors. >> you can't get h g h from 8 till. you can get anabolic steroids and there was a study of u.s. supplements in 2003 that 18.6% of s
the neighbors of syria and our allies in europe -- some of which have now been ahead of us like france, britain -- that we will focus in on this immediate, really potentially disastrous threat that assad will use chemical and biological weapons. >> you said a moment ago that iran is our most dangerous enemy. >> right. >> if so, how far should we be willing to go to prevent iran from acquiring nuclear weapons? >> well, you know, i just echo what everybody has said right up to president obama, that it's unacceptable for us to allow iran to become a nuclear state, that containment is not an acceptable alternative for all the reasons we know. i think that's absolutely right. it changes the whole balance of power in the middle east, it emboldens the terrorists like hamas and hezbollah that are agents of the iranian government. it probably, unless we're strong, leads some of our allies in the arab world to begin to accommodate to iran, and it's a threat to most of the rest of the world, including us. so, you know, the sanctions have been unprecedented, they're having an effect on the iranian economy
will support the biggest port development in europe, and i pay tribute to my honorable friend for the campaigning she's undertaken to achieve this. we've already set our plans this autumn for a huge investment in rail, and my right honorable friend the transport secretary will set up plans in the new year plans to take high speed go to yorkshire. i can confirm a billion pound loan and a guarantee to -- [inaudible] and support a new development on a similar scale to to olympic park. we're confirming funding and reforms to assist the construction of up to 120,000 new homes and delivering on flood defend schemes in more cities. on top of broadband expansion for our countryside and larger cities, we're funding broadband in 123 smaller -- 12 smaller cities, cambridge, darby, oxford, portsmouth, york, newport, aberdeen, and derry, londonderry. in addition to a third of a billion pounds announced this autumn for british science, we are today announcing 600 million pounds more for the u.k. scientific research infrastructure, and since improving our education system is the best investm
and bob dole, our former colleague, literally were wounded at about the same time in europe and were in the same hospital recovering from tremendously serious wounds. senator inouye of course was awarded the congressional medal of honor for that. senator pryor was telling a story that's when senator inouye was finally elected to congress he rode senator dole aide notes that said, i am here. where are you? because both of them when they were recovering from their war wounds had determined that one day they wanted to serve in the united states congress and inouye got here first. a few years ago, senator inouye and senator ted stevens invited a number of us to go with them to china. it was quite an experience. senator stevens, of course another world war ii veteran, had flown the first cargo plane into what was then the king in 1944 and of course senator inouye was well regarded in china for that service. so the group of senators, there must have been a dozen of us from both parties, got more time with mr. hu and mr. wu the one and two leaders of china than almost the present of the uni
for nonfiction are anne applebaum, "iron curtain: the crushing of eastern europe, 1845-1856" published by doubleday. and katherine boo, behind the beautiful forevers. [applause] life, death and hope in a mumbai undercity, published by random house. and robert a. caro, the passage of power, the years of lyndon johnson, volume 4, published by alfred a.k november, and domingo martinez, the boy kings of texas, published by alliance press. and finally, the late anthony shadid, house of stone: a memoir of home, family and a lost middle east published by haughton mifflin harcourt. [applause] the winner of the 2012 national book award for nonfiction describes a world that couldn't be any more different from the world that we're enjoying here tonight. and yet it's a world with that our world depends entirely upon. the subject of this book have been patron hissized -- patronized and romanticized and eagerly ignored in previous work. in this book they appear in all of their complexity. the villains and the sometimes villains along with the sometimes heroes. the earth nothing mying behind this boo
, our friends in europe said you're going to neglect us. is there, at that point i don't think it was a fair comparison because i didn't feel that american resources were stretched to such a point there was a zero-sum game between one part of the world. but this is now being presented like it is a zero-sum game. like, you can't do it all. we had an atlantic cover story weaselly that wasn't about foreign policy. the title was why women still can't have it all. but it does -- can america still have it all? and in the way, has framed that, the answer is no, that there are limits. >> steve, even as we rebalanced to the asia-pacific we have continued are deep engagement with the region, other countries just as if, there's one example in our defense strategic guidance put out in january talked about having to become a net provider of security. i think you see that over the last couple of decades, and you see ongoing today. we will continue to be engaged in a obvious of the middle east and north africa and globally. the united states is a global power. it is not a zero-sum game, parti
years. everywhere i went i told these companies that built the rails in europe and asia, come to america. invest in america. and many of them are here now. of so in the absence of congress not providing the money but with the leadership of the president providing the money, i think we'll get there with public money. but until we do, we're going to use private dollars. >> mr. secretary, with all respect, there's not 15 minutes worth of vision in this congress. and i -- [laughter] the chairman likes to exclude himself, but after all, he's from florida. mr. chairman, i very much respect and i believe it is the way to proceed not to give up on high-speed rail. i beg you not to give up. my question really goes to priorities. if you continue to flake this money out, because it'll be so little, it'll be a bunch of snow flakes, at the end there will be huge criticism. so my question directly is, is it possible for you and the administration to think through a system of priorities based on a realtime, realistic vision of what lies ahead for us in the next five years so that we might prioritize am
-speed rail systems internationally, specifically in europe and asia. these operators and construction companies would join wedding groups -- bidding groups with financial investors on the right to design, build, operate, maintain and finance this project. after being prequalified, the winning bidder is usually chosen based on lowest cost. one of the key considerations is that the project generates enough operating cash flow, the private sector would be compensated over time for their investment by receiving the net revenues generated from the project. however, if the project does not generate adequate net revenue, the bidding groups will require an ongoing revenue supplement known as an availability payment. to insure that they'll be able to cover their cost and earn an adequate return on their investment. if the revenues reach a certain level, the availability payments could go away, and the concessionary would only be entitled to the project's revenue. as a result, the payment could be structured as a floor to support investment-grade financing and attract maximum private investor i
in an attempt to limit our planned deployment in europe, the russians have never abandonedo their goal of limiting the u.s. nuclear defense. the answer is u.s not reset, but recommitment to the principle that the most moral way to protect the american people from missile attacks is by missile defense. the third national security challenge i would briefly discuss is thedisc threat of political islam. to defeat an enemy, we must first know the enemy, and thatng includes calling them by their name, radical islamists who seek to impose their ideology to rule others, to govern political, social and civic life as well as religious life. intelligence is key to defeating political islam. the foreign intelligence surveil lance act and the patriot actt are good examples of the tools that we need enemies are planning, who theyy are before they strike. these tools cannot be allowed to expire. the patriot act reflects a recognition that investigators chargedinvestigaters preventingr acts of terrorism should have at least the same investigative tools as federal agents charged with targeting mobsters
girl people who voted the second pass system in europe. in this case, i do not think because there's a high percentage of children living in aberdeen that that means are ready to save the people well enough. we should have issues like increasing the minimum wage because that is affecting every single young person's employment. thank you. [applause] >> how about a young person from the southeast? to a quick click [inaudible] concerts that raised young person is important. from scotland, northern ireland, west of england by transport. however this is a lingering issue. we have tried again and again to try and make cheese and make transport cheaper, but we have moved issues different because we know this is the people. as young people we have to make this a national issue, not just one year after year. this is the year of change. 2013 is coming. we can't have the same issues. it's not supposed to be fair on everyone. so i beg you, let's try something different. [applause] >> how about the female speaker from the northwest? anybody from the northwest? yes. >> whatever we do, i try to t
and africa, most of europe. you look back through the previous millennia and you have democracy and self-government existing in very few tiny city states, athens because they can't defend themselves militarily and even when it did exist people would speak the same language and worship the same god, the same climate and culture, a very small little area. that is all of world history. and you look today, democracy is half the planet. if you asked me what changed, what was the hinge of all of that i think i would say the word we the people. 225 years ago the hinge of world history because all of the conclusions at the time it was way better and more perfect and for the first time ever in the history of the planet, an entire continent got to vote on how they and their posterity would be, and there were lots of exclusions from our perspective that we wouldn't exist as a democratic country in the democratic world but for that. i would say it's the hinge of all modern history. before democracy almost nowhere and in the project is begun. it's not perfect. better than what we had before but not a
energy corridor serving central and southeastern europe and unleashing our own liquified natural gas exports to address the energy vulnerabilities of our closest allies. the potential global crisis over food production is less well understood. whereas research is opening many new frontiers in the energy sphere, the productivity of global agriculture will not keep up with projected food demand unless many countries change their policies. this starts with a much wider embrace of agriculture technology, including genetically modified techniques. the risks of climate change intensify this imperative. even as we deal with potential resource constraints, our country remains vulnerability to -- remains vulnerable to terrorism and assymetric warfare. access to the internet and social media has deeply altered international politics. in most cases for the better, but it's also contributed to instability, to sudden upheavals, like the arab spring. it's allowed destructive terrorist movements like al qaeda to franchise themselves. it's intensified risks of cyber attacks, espionage and the prolif
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